Dec. 22, 1926-April 23, 2020
Dr. William Allen Poe Sr., 93, passed away April 23, 2020, with his family by his side. Born near McCalla, Ala., Dec. 22, 1926, he grew up in Tuscaloosa County and graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1944.
Following his graduation from Howard College in 1948, he married his college sweetheart, Beth Kelley Poe. He then attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Theology, and University of Alabama, where he received a Ph.D. in European history. Poe was blessed with an active ministry spanning over 66 years. While a student, he was called to pastor his first congregation, Pleasant Hill, in Moundville.
His wife and he then served as missionaries in West Africa for nearly 15 years, where he taught in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. There, he was instrumental in planting several churches and the Ghana Baptist Theological Seminary, all of which are thriving today.
After returning stateside, he taught as a history professor at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. During this time, he continued to pastor at several churches in Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana and led revivals throughout the United States, England and West Africa. Even in his retirement, he remained active, writing books and leading Sunday school classes and Bible studies.
Poe is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Beth Poe; father, Herbert Poe; mother, Willie Ethel Harmon Poe; and siblings, Amos Poe, George Poe, Calvin Poe, Ruby Davis, Tiny Landers and Marie Zeller.
Mr. Poe is survived by his daughter, Jo Ellen Poe, a retired teacher; his son, Dr. Allen Poe, M.D., and his wife Dianne; and his grandchildren Jonah, Abigail and Anna Poe. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Augusta Moore, Stephanie Keith and Jackie Walters.
Funeral services were Monday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Chapel with the Rev. Gary Furr officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, your local church or a Christian charity in his memory.